It was double celebrations as the Diocese of Egbu, on St Mathias Day, marked both the35th
anniversary of the formal inauguration of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and the consecration anniversary of the second Bishop of the Diocese, the Rev Geoffrey Enyinnaya Okorafor, at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Court, Egbu in Owerri North Local Government Area.
In his sermon on the occasion, Bishop Okorafor challenged Nigerians and the political class, as they strategize and mobilize for the 2015 elections, to seek divine guidance when making a choice of their leaders and representatives.
The Bishop said the advice has become necessary, having been applied when the need arose for the replacement of the Biblical Judas, an apostle of Christ who betrayed Christ, by the other Apostles. The Apostles, he said had gathered and prayed God to make the choice, culminating in the lot falling on Mathias whose Saint Day was being celebrated.
He averred that the same God is faithful and capable of choosing for Nigerians quality leaders and representative once they relied on Him. stressing that the era of imposing candidates on the electorate should be discouraged. Bishop Okorafor also called for unity of the Church especially the Anglican Communion as it commemorated the inauguration of the Province of Nigeria.
On the first anniversary of his consecration, the Bishop noted that it has been God’s special grace and guidance that has seen him through this one year of piloting the affairs of the Diocese and called for the prayers of the parishioners for God’s enablement as the office of the Bishop is very challenging. The Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion was inaugurated on Thursday 24th February 1979 while Bishop Okorafor was consecrated Bishop on 24th February 2013.
Meanwhile, Bishop Okorafor has counseled Christians to eschew; pride and arrogance while showing their dealings with one another and before God. Delivering his sermon during an Episcopal visit Emmanuel Anglican Church, Egbu the Bishop advised that Christians should be able to work together as a team and resist the temptation of looking down on the capability of anyone.
He further urged them to avoid the “Pull-him-down” syndrome prevalent in the Nigerian society due to one’s outstanding services whether to the Church or humanity, stressing that often times God uses those regarded as nobody to do exploits in the Church in order to manifest His greatness.
The Anglican Prelate also noted that a many people have strayed and found themselves in very ridiculous situations because of their quest for miracles. He cautioned such people on the need for a discerning spirit and their being conscious of where they go “to receive prayers”, stressing that all they needed was a convincing faith that God is capable of intervening in their circumstance rather than moving from one prayer house to another.
While praising the congregation of Emmanuel Church over their development strides the Bishop warned, them to be mindful of the devices of the enemy-devil- and ensure they continued to work in unity adding that God does not operate with multitude but a few committed individuals. The Bishop, who was visibly overwhelmed by the efforts of the Priest- in-charge. Rev Charles Nnaji, and the Church committee, urged them to remain steadfast and not to relent, stressing that the reward for hard work was more work.